Category: Legislative Update

Goldsen: ‘We Must Ensure NAB Continues to be an Effective Advocate in Washington’

By Bruce Goldsen, Member, NAB Radio Board Honorary Member, MAB Board of Directors It’s been an extraordinarily difficult year for our industry and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is not immune to the challenges of the pandemic. As you know, NAB had to cancel our annual convention – the 2020 NAB Show – due… read more

FCC Asks SOCTUS to Restore Local Broadcast Ownership Deregulation

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday (11/17) weighed in with the Supreme Court in defense of its order deregulating local broadcast ownership and in opposition to a lower court’s invalidation of that order, according to a report in Broadcastiing+Cable.  The FCC contends that the lower court repeatedly prevented the commission from repealing or modifying rules… read more

Two Trump Defamation Claims Dismissed Including Claim Against TV Station for Political Attack Ad – What is the Relevance for Broadcasters?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few days, two defamation cases filed against media companies by the Trump campaign have been dismissed – one on the merits and one by agreement of the parties.  This includes the suit filed by the campaign against Northland Television, the licensee of a rural Wisconsin television station.  That station… read more

Congress Advances Bill Requiring Radio To Put Some EAS Alerts On Repeat

The lame duck session of Congress has delivered its first move that could directly impact radio. On a voice vote this week, the House passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act or “READI Act” (H.R. 6096). It would, among other things, require radio and television stations to repeat alerts issued by the president, rather… read more

FCC Announces Effective Date of Changes in LPFM and Noncommercial Application Processing

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC announced that changes in its processing of LPFM and Noncommercial (NCE) full-power station applications became effective on October 30.  We wrote about some of those changes here and here.  Of immediate importance is the need to include a certification of reasonable transmitter site assurance in any application for any technical change to an LPFM or an… read more

FCC Makes Clear that Lowest Unit Charges for Candidate Ads Ends on Election Day

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC (11/2) released a Public Notice making clear that lowest unit rates (or lowest unit charges) end on Election Day.  Some broadcasters had asked the question, fearful that there would be political advertising bought after Election Day to take positions on issues about counting the vote and other legal matters that could arise in… read more

Statewide Election Special Airs on 11 Stations Throughout the State

On October 28, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing), invited stations across the state to carry a very important election town hall meeting. “Making It Count: A Voter Information Town Hall.”  A total of 11 television stations throughout Michigan aired the special, either on air or streamed. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn… read more

MAB’s Rob Elhenicky One of ’50 Names to Know in Lobbying’

Crain’s Detroit Business has named MAB lobbyist Rob Elhenicky of Lansing-based Kelley-Cawthorne to its 2020 list of “50 Names to Know in Lobbying.”  Elhenicky has been with Kelley-Cawthorne since 2002, and became a partner in 2005. In addition to the MAB, he also represents retail giant Walmart and is credited with organizing the coalition of… read more

Senate Commerce Committee Report Shows Tech Companies’ Unfair Practices Harm Local Journalism

On Tuesday (10/27), U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released a report outlining the impact of the transformation of news online and the accompanying loss of revenue. The report indicates one factor of the revenue loss is an unfair and abusive practices by tech platforms. It finds that the impact of these… read more

Changes to FCC Public Notice Requirements Effective October 30 – New Link Required on Commercial Station Websites

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In May, the FCC voted to change its requirements for public notices of broadcast applications (see our post here) – standardizing the messages that must be conveyed to the public and eliminating the need for newspaper publication in those instances where it was still required.  The new rules also require… read more